Sunday, November 2, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 37: Joseph Sutton

Joseph Sutton was born 6 Aug 1673 in Sutton's Creek, Perquimans, NC.  He (20) married Parthenia Durant (18) on 18 Jan 1694 and they had 4 children.

Joseph's grandparents came to North Carolina, fleeing Quaker persecution  by the Puritans in Massachusetts.  Joseph's parents: Nathaniel and Deborah are found in the NC Quaker Records.  However, I don't believe that the family remained Quaker.  They are not found in the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy Vol. I (North Carolina Yearly Meetings).

In addition, I don't think that Quakers' owned slaves, and Joseph Sutton did have slaves, as documented in his will.

Parthenia (37) died in 1713, and Joseph (49) died ten years later in 1723.


Below is the Will left by Joseph Sutton.  It greatly troubles me to see human beings named in a will.  But I want to share everything that I find, both the good and the bad, so here it is.  

(I added the spacing and the numbering, just to make it easier to read)

"Know all men By these presents that I Joseph Sutton of Perquimans in North Carolina being at this time weak of body but of sound and perfect mind etc. . .

Item: I give unto my two Sons George & Joseph Sutton the plantation I now live on

  1. George to have that part from the Landing down to Nathiell Suttons Line... ... 
  2. and Joseph the Other part from the Landing to (Joseph Thomas)* Line so runing up the Land to the head I give the said Land to them & their heirs forever, 
  3. also I will that Pethine my Second Daughter live with Joseph Sutton to have A Room in the House while she lives unmarried. 
*


  1. I give to my Son Joseph two negros named Jones and Batte. 
  2. I give to my Daughter Pethine two Negros Yoaker(?) and Jenny with their Increases. 
  3. I also give my Daughter Elizabeth, two Negros Nan & Mariah with their Increases 
  4. I also give my son George one Negro man named Allin. 
  5. I also give to my Grandson Thomas Sutton one Negro Girl Nan with her Increases to him. 
  6. I also give to my son Joseph one negro man named Robbin. 
*

  1. I also give to my son Joseph three Cows and three yearlings and one three year old Heiffer. 
  2. I also give to daughter Pethine three cows & three yearlings & one three year old heafor 
  3. I also will that all the remaining part of my Cattle may be Equally divided amongst all my Children. 
  4. I give to my Daughter Pethine one Gray mare named Bonney with her Increases. 
  5. I also Give to my son George one horse named Butten. 
  6. I also Give to my Daughter Elizabeth one white mare named Jinne and her increases. 
  7. I also give to my son Joseph one young Gray Mare. 
  8. I also give to my Son Joseph one mous Cullered Maro mare with increases
 *

  1. To son Joseph two Iron Potts, one Small one and one Great one. 
  2. I also Give to my Daughter Elizabeth two Iron potts one small one and one Large one. 
  3. I also give to my Daughter Pethine two Iron potts one small one and one Large one. 
  4. I also give twenty Six pewter basons to be Equally Divided amongst my five Children George, Elizabeth, Thomas, Pethine and Joseph. 
  5. I also give to my two Daughters Elizabeth and Pethine and my son Joseph Each of them one Dozen and a half of Pewter Plates apiece. 
  6. I also give to my two sons George and Thomas Each of them eight pewter plates apiece. 
  7. I also give seven and twenty pewter Dishes to be Equally Divided between my five Children and all the rest of the pewter to Pethine and Joseph. 

I also give to Pethine and Joseph nine sheep Apeace Ews and increases (?).


  1. I also give to my Daughter Elizabeth one feather bed and one pair of sheets, one pair of Blankets and one rug. 
  2. I also give to my son George one feather bed one pair of sheets and one pair of blankets & one Civerlid 
  3. To Pethine one feather bed & one pair of sheets & one pair blankets & one green rug. 
  4. To Joseph one feather bed and one pair of sheets & one pair of Blankets & one Rug with bolsters to each of them. 

I give to my Daughter Pethine one piece of Garlick likewise I give to my son Joseph one piece of Garlick.


  1. I also give three hatts to my three sons. 
  2. I also give all the rest of bed clothes to be equally divided to the beds. 
  3. I give one piece of sheeting lining to be made up for the beds. I Give all the remaining part of what Lining I have Ozenbrigs (?) fine and Cource to be equally divided between my five Children. 
  4. I also leave Each of my three sons one Coat apiece. 
*

  1. I also leave all my axes and hoes & all my Iron things to be Divided Equally amongst all my children. I also give to my son George one great table and form(?) and one Chest. 
  2. I also give to my son Joseph one small table and form and one Chest. I also give to my Daughter Pethine one small table and Chest. 
  3. I also give to my Daughter Elizabeth one large Juniper(?) Chest. 
  4. I also give to my son Joseph one pair of Culling mill stones. I also give to my son George one pair of Millstones. 
  5. I also give to my Daughter Elizabeth one Silver Cup and six Silver spoons and one Silver tankard 
  6. I give to Pethine - one brass kettle 
*

  1. I also give my part of the Smith Tools to my two sons Thomas and Joseph. 
  2. I also give to my son Joseph my Gun. 
  3. I also give eather of them a lining Spining Wheal. 
  4. I also give to my three sons Four Thousand Nailes Apeice. I also give to my Daughter Pethine one wolling spining Whele. 
  5. I also give to my son Joseph one wolling and one lining Spinning Wheels. 

I also give all the rest of my Estate to be Equally Divided between all my Children.

I do make and ordaine my loving brother Richard Whidbee & my son George Sutton to be my Executors of this my Last Will & Testament this 11 day of January 1723. Wit: Richard Ratliff Signed: Joseph Sutton William Wood William Barber." (1)

Sources:

(1)  The will of Joseph Sutton may also be seen as an abstract in NC Wills by Grimes. http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/o/w/Jerry-Bowling/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0222.html

Notes for Joseph SUTTON: (All the notes from Jason Bell)

Here is the Will for JOSEPH SUTTON, Perquimans County 1723 copied from the loose papers in the North Carolina State Archives. For any of you who would like more specific information about who got what. There are TWO copies in the folder - both difficult to read. The original (written in 1723) is so bad that a new copy was submitted on the 6th of March 1771, handwriting proved and ordered Reg in April 1763. After the Will you will find several deeds that relate directly to THOMAS SUTTON, for anyone interested in that line:

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if Joseph and Parthenia died young from eating and drinking off all that pewter mentioned in the will. In those times, pewter could be heavily laden with lead. Joseph even enumerated a piece of Garlick each for two of his children? Is that a different spelling of garlic? In any case, a very complete document to be sure. Now days most of these things would be fodder for a garage sale except the slaves of course. Makes me cringe.

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